Urban inclusion of refugees and vulnerable migrants in Portugal

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I will focus on my on-going post-doctoral research INSEhRE 21. Socio-spatial and housing inclusion of refugees in contemporary Europe: Lessons from the African diaspora in Portugal (2017-2023). The purpose is to situate the investigation and to discuss its further developments and alignments from a critical and operational standpoint. I will present my theoretical approach based on the key-concepts of ‘the production of space’ and ‘the right to the city’, ‘governmentality’ and ‘multicultural tolerance’. Also, I will refer to the main policies, practices and paradoxes of today’s Portuguese context concerning urban inclusion and cultural inheritances in general and, in particular, for refugees and/or vulnerable migrants moving to the Lisbon Metropolitan Area. Moreover, I will mention the government’s trend of sending these refugees to rural areas and small/medium-size cities, whilst pointing out the crucial role of digital networks in preserving social bonds and building citizenship. As for grass-roots initiatives, I will present the project Refugi.Arte em Marvila, boosted by the architectural Cooperative Working with the 99%, and the projects Orquídea Silvestre and Tayybeh, both spearheaded by the Association Family of Refugees, with different levels of action and effects. I will conclude with a short crosschecked theoretical-empirical analysis. Keywords: INSEhRE 21; Refugi.Arte em Marvila; Orquídea Silvestre; Tayybeh
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